Israel’s Shenkar design school ranked fifth-most influential worldwide

The Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art in Ramat Gan, Israel. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Israel’s Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art in Ramat Gan has been ranked as the fifth-most "influential" design school in the world and the 11th-best school of its kind overall, according to rankings compiled by the Business of Fashion (BoF) publication.

“Situated within the metropolitan area of Tel Aviv, Shenkar blends both the technical and conceptual in its curriculum. During the four-year undergraduate fashion design course, students are exposed to small group peer and faculty critique, where they must defend their concepts and processes in arriving at their finished projects,” the publication wrote regarding the Israeli school.

At Shenkar, “students were satisfied with the quality of the teaching and how faculty members taught technical skills,” BoF wrote, though noting that students “scored the college’s business and marketing education poorly.” 

“Nonetheless, graduates leave the college feeling equipped for a profession in the fashion industry, with 83 percent reporting in BoF’s survey that they secured jobs in the industry within six months. The college’s students expressed concerns about its links to the global industry, although one notable alumnus, Alber Elbaz, has achieved great success on the world stage,” added the publication.

Shenkar President Prof. Yuli Tamir called the ranking "an unprecedented international achievement, particularly regarding the design industry," according to Yedioth Ahronoth.  

"I'm proud of Lea Peretz, the head of the department, the devoted and professional academic staff, and each of our students and alumni. They each have a place of honor in this prestigious win,” Tamir said. 

Posted on August 26, 2015 .